Young Ballarat Subaru Miners guard Anthony Fisher has committed to play for the Miners in the 2014 SEABL season.
Fisher is a product of Ballarat’s junior club and representative program having started playing locally as a 9 years old.
19-year-old Fisher, who has been earmarked by the NBL’s Perth Wildcats for a future position, is expected to take on a bigger role with the Miners in 2014.
“No doubt his long term goals include playing in the NBL and I feel that playing with the Miners allows him the best opportunity to get that done” said Coach David Flint.
Fisher played with the Australian Under 19 Emus at the FIBA World Championships in July, forcing him to miss almost a third of the Miners’ games with competition and training camps.
Despite the regular absences, Fisher averaged 8.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 25 minutes per game.
“Fish has unlimited potential and we are really excited about his return to the side in a bigger capacity. He made some big improvements in 2013 even though he missed a lot of games which affected his rhythm, but we see him coming along even further in 2014,” said Club President Nick Grylewicz.
“He’s been in regular communication with the Perth Wildcats and they have him working on a few things so we’re focused on helping him reach that goal with the support of our entire coaching department.”
Fisher trained with the Perth Wildcats in September and is returning for a second stint in January. In the meantime, Fisher has been training with the Miners’ core local group including Kris Blicavs, Sean Massey, Chris Smith and Ash Constable since September.
Ballarat Basketball CEO Peter Eddy also acknowledged Fisher’s work in the Healthy Living Program where he is a lead mentor for local Primary School children. “He is a very mature young man and a great ambassador for our sport and the local community” said Peter Eddy.
Miners preseason training officially commences in January.